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Medical-liability bill approved by House committee
Modern Healthcare

Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 18-15 to approve the medical liability reform bill that physician Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) introduced late last month.

Picking up where they left off last week, committee members considered the remainder of numerous Democrat-sponsored amendments to the tort-reform bill known as the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Healthcare—HEALTH—Act of 2011, and accepted only one. That measure, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), strikes the section of the bill that says in any healthcare lawsuit involving injury or wrongful death, any party may introduce evidence of “collateral source benefits,” or compensation from other sources.